in the Department of Philosophy and Religion

The Dunbar Lectures in Philosophy and Law

We often come across discussions of policy-related issues in law, and frequently hear about particular laws being passed by congress or considered by courts.  But we rarely take the time to ask basic questions, such as “What is law?”  Established in 1987 by Jack and Wylene Dunbar, the Dunbar Lectures in Philosophy and Law invites nationally renowned public intellectuals to the University of Mississippi campus to explore philosophical themes in law, and to stimulate creative and analytical thinking concerning the law’s role in society.

The lecture series, a cooperative effort between the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the School of Law, was initiated in March 1988 and featured Professor W. Michael Reisman, Yale Law School. Subsequent lecturers have been Professor David A.J. Richards, New York University; Professor Jules Coleman, Yale Law School; Professor Stanley Eugene Fish, Duke University; Professor Martha A. Fineman, Columbia School of Law; Professor Joel Feinberg, the University of Arizona; Professor Ronald Dworkin, New York University and University College, Oxford, England; Professor Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago, and Professor Brian Leiter, University of Texas at Austin.

Spring 2022 Dunbar Lecture

Speaker: Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York University
Date: Thursday, March 31
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union Ballroom